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I’m still a Geek

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on March 28, 2011

That means that now have a Laptop with dual monitors, 2 x 256 SSD, 8 cores I7 and 16 GB of ram, if my demos runs slow I cant really blame the hardware…

I have updated my laptop, it “was” a HP 8540w I7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 SSD Drive from the start. No I have added things:

No 1: Since I only use the DVD for, hmm, lets see I have never used the CD/DVD in my Laptop to be honest. Any way, I replaced it with a drive bay instead. I got it last week at MMS 2011 in Las Vegas, took 2 days to get it directly to the hotel (Thank you FedEx) and I bought it online from: The installation needed a screw driver and luckily I was given one the day before from Jeremy Chapman at his session on Office Deployment (thank you). In that bay I added another 256 SSD drive, so now I have 2 x 256 SSD’s in my 8540w that by the way runs Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as a Hyper-V host


No 2: Also needed more memory, so thanks to and I found some nice memory I opened the machine but found only one open slot for memory, but since my friend Johan Arwidmark told me that there will be one other slot under the keyboard it was Easley fixed, took like 2 minutes, so now I have 16 GB of RAM

No 3: I also need a extra portable screen, and so asking around I found one of course. It is from It has touch, can be fitted in cars, desktops, cases and so on. Looks like this when I’m preparing for tomorrows “demos”




2 Responses to “I’m still a Geek”

  1. Stuart said

    Hi Mikael

    Do you run 2008R2 SP1 as your main OS all of the time? Or is it just on your development laptop….
    Seems so much better than running Windows 7 with VM Workstation….

    What are your thoughts?

    • At the moment I do run Server as my client OS :-), only issue is BT, but I dont use that anyway. A tip is to add one extra selection in the boot menu so that you can boot up without the Hypervisor running, that way I can do hybernation and things like that.

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